When it comes to treating your swimming pool, whether it is above-ground or built-in, there are so many options that you might be a little overwhelmed by their uses. There are those of us who prefer to exhaust all possibilities when it comes to pool water care and maintenance – and then there are those of us who may be concerned about the level of necessary chemicals and how they may affect those using the pool on a regular basis.
Why does pool water need to be treated in the first place?
According to Kim from Dolphin Pools the main reason behind regularly cleaning pool water is sanitization. Germs are introduced into the water every time somebody enters it, and these germs can be detrimental to both your external and internal health. Illnesses caused by recreational water sources can be contracted with even the smallest of contact, so it’s important to keep the water as clean and clear as possible to avoid infection.
What treatment options are available?
You may already know this, but the most common treatment for pools is chlorine. Chlorine is a key component when it comes to cleaning pool water – even salt water pool cleaners have an amount of chlorine present for maximum cleaning potential.
Did you know that there are different types of chlorine that can be used to clean water? Offering a powerhouse of cleaning potential; killing bacteria, algae and microorganisms in one go, you can purchase it bottled, in tablets (in 1 and 3 inch sizes), in sticks and in granular form. Each of these comprise of the same active ingredients – the only variation can be found in the concentration of these and the way in which they work.
With 90% Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione being the optimum concentration, chlorine sticks dissolve slower than 3in tablets and 1in tablets dissolve faster that their larger counterparts (making them a better option for both small built-in pools and above-ground pools alike).
Granular chlorine can work just as well as these options, but can entail a little more work. In the form of calcium hypochlorite, it must be pre-dissolved in a separate bucket of water before it can be added to pool water, whereas other types (such as Sodium Dichloro Lithium Hypochlorite) don’t need to be, but do need more frequent testing.
Can pool water be treated with chemical free options?
When it comes to non-chemical treatments, it’s no secret that UV can work to clear pool water of contaminants by way of radiation, but it won’t work to clear the residual germs and pollutants that chlorine and salt can. It can reduce eye, skin and even lung irritation.